This movie was made by a 67-year-old who made Happy Feet 1 and 2, and Babe: Pig in the City. Just let that sink in. And let it be a lesson to all young filmmakers. THIS is how you make an action movie…
Movies have a lot of standards to meet, since they are an amalgam of all the different art forms in the world. Here’s what they are comprised of: Visuals, music, sounds, and story. They have a limited running time, like all mediums, and they need to have appeal. Get any one of those things wrong, and your movie will fail either commercially and/or in quality. We all want our movies to be both well-made and interesting; it’s a pretty high standard to meet. That is why it’s a refreshing breath of fresh air when a movie comes along and nails every single thing correctly.
When I first saw Mad Max: Fury Road, I didn’t expect it to be as good as everyone was saying. I didn’t know anything about the franchise, and judging from the trailers, I thought it was going to be too weird for my taste.
This movie isn’t just great, it’s damn near flawless.
A straightforward plot, action-packed, developed characters, interesting characters, superbly acted, no plot holes (that I can think of), a happy ending, and a good message. They manage to nail all of these important aspects without making the audience OD on any of it.
We see that Max is the main character because we’re following him the whole time. We see that Furiosa is important because she’s leading a mission to Gas Town. We know that Furiosa is up to something because she steers off-course. Everything else we need to know is either simply shown or simply explained; like how we know the Citadel has plenty of water and vegetation when Immortan Joe storms through it to find his breeders. I could go on and on.
There’s something for everyone in this movie, except children. There’s tons of action and hot chicks for men, and there are several strong, intelligent, independent female characters for the women. There’s an abundance of action, for people who just want spectacle. There are many themes for thinking-types, such religious indoctrination, survival, the end of the world, and having hope in the face of overwhelming odds. The action was virtually nonstop, and yet they somehow managed not to overdo it, nor make it gratuitous. We understand what we’re seeing at all times. Despite the heavy nonstop action scenes, we still see people learning to work together, sacrificing for each other, getting to know each other, and questioning the choices they’re making.
This movie is a gourmet meal, during a time in Hollywood when all we’re getting is mechanically-assembled instant meals. This is how you do a movie right. Putting in all the ingredients matters, and the right amount of each ingredient. This movie is easily among my top 10 favorites of all time.
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